LIVE BLOG: Latest NFL COVID News Affecting Fantasy Football
Howard Bender and the Fantasy Alarm team keep you 100% updated on all the latest NFL cancellations and game postponements due to COVID-19.
In the spirit of the original Fantasy Alarm tag-line, "Never start an injured player again," we felt it was necessary to keep you fantasy football players as up to date as possible with all the news regarding NFL game cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19. Not that all of these players involved are injured, but when one team is infected, as we've seen with the Tennessee Titans, they drag down their opposition for the week. Those of you who lost Ben Roethlisberger , JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner know what we're talking about.
Each week, we will post the latest information so you are able to track what has happened, which teams are most directly affected and whether or not the games will be played during the current week's scoring period. This was, if you see a team or, more specifically, one of your players affected, you can head over to our Waiver Wire article or Injury Report and figure out which players will be worth your while for replacements. The NFL DFS Playbook will also have COVID-19 updates as well.
The Raiders have place their entire starting offensive line on the reserve/COVID list. They have five days to quarantine which could leave them eligible Sunday morning but none are allowed to practice.
Confirmed: #Raiders OL and Abram all going on COVID-19 list as they have been deemed HIGH RISK contacts, so they are now ‘quarantined’ for 5 days plus last day of contact, which was Monday. Which means they could conceivably be cleared Sunday morning via a POC test but (more)...— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
...signing a street free agent doesn’t work either because they would then have to go through 6-day entry protocol. Moving game back to Monday or Tuesday seems most likely at this juncture.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
Raiders linemen remain in isolation. Should they remain asymptomatic and test results are negative, all but Trent Brown, who was placed on the reserve/COVID list already, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Buccaneers.
The #Raiders’ entire offensive line was sent home Wednesday after RT Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19. But as long as the others test negative and remain asymptomatic, only Brown is likely to miss Sunday night’s game against the #Bucs. @nflnetwork @gmfb pic.twitter.com/i0SOPuFvu6— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020
The Las Vegas Raiders placed RT Trent Brown on the reserve/COVID list after a positive test and contct tracing has now caused them to send home another five offensive linemen.
The #Raiders are placing RT Trent Brown on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 21, 2020
Contact tracing is underway; they’re coming off a bye and players were off Tuesday, so minimal recent contact. Facility is open and practice begins shortly.
Jon Gruden said #Raiders "had to send five starting linemen home because they were around Trent [Brown]," who will reportedly go on the COVID-19 list. "Hopefully we'll get some players back tomorrow for Sunday."— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 21, 2020
Las Vegas Raiders put CB Damon Arnette on the reserve/COVID list. No other players tested positive.
The #Raiders are placing CB Damon Arnette on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 19, 2020
No other Las Vegas players or personnel tested positive. Arnette, the first-round pick, was already on injured reserve following thumb surgery.
No new positives this morning. All games will play
All clear. No new positives across the league, per source. Play football.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
The Denver Broncos announced that their running backs coach, Curtis Modkins, tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel with the team to their game against the Patriots. The good sign is that the Broncos are still traveling to New England.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they received a positive test on one of their practice squad players. They have shut down their facility on Saturday and are taking all the necessary precautions. They plan to play Sunday's game, but will be working closely with the NFL on this over the next 24 hours.
The Patriots, Falcons and Colts have all re-opened their practice/training facilities in the last 24 hours and it would appear as if all three games formerly in jeopardy will play this week.
In the past 24 hours, the Patriots, Colts, Falcons all have reopened after shutting down for further testing and extra precautions. https://t.co/VcyOEzEpMG— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 17, 2020
The New England Patriots have cancelled their Friday practice due to another positive COVID-19 test. They are awaiting more test results and could shut down their facility for the second time in two weeks.
Reporting with @FieldYates: The Patriots will be canceling their Friday practice after a positive COVID-19 test, per a source. There is also a second test they are awaiting to confirm is a positive.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 16, 2020
NFL and Colts announce that tests were false positives so Colts/Bengals looks good to play Sunday.
Colts had one player and three staff members with troubling initial tests, but all four came back as false positives after the rerun, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
Bengals at Colts, Sunday, 1 pm.
The Atlanta Falcons players and coaches are returning to the team facility today after tests have cleared. All signs point towards the Falcons/Vikings game being played Sunday.
Falcons tests have cleared, and players and staff are returning to their facility today, per source. Game on track for Sunday in Minnesota.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
The Indianapolis Colts have shut down their team facility due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests. No confirmation as to whether any of the players have tested positive. More news to come regarding the status of the Colts/Bengals game.
Colts have shut down facility and are just going through process of confirming the tests. More to come later today... pic.twitter.com/ZprmxygQx8— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
With the Falcons positive test coming from an assistant coach and not a player, the NFL is allowing the Falcons to re-open their facility today, but the team has opted to wait until Friday for precautionary reasons.
It was a #Falcons assistant coach who was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning, per source. The team had the option to return to the facility this afternoon, but decided to operate virtually all day as a precaution. Plan is back tomorrow, barring further issues.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 15, 2020
The Falcons/Vikings remains scheduled for its Sunday 1:00pm ET kickoff
There is no change to the status of Sunday's Falcons-Vikings at this time.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
We are now receiving word that it is only one positive test for the Atlanta Falcons and it is a personnel member, not a player. Facility is still shut down.
Update: An NFL official said just one member of the Falcons’ personnel had a positive test, and its not a player.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Adam Schefter is reporting there are four positive tests for the Atlanta Falcons. Facility remains shut down.
Falcons had four positive tests this morning, according to sources. https://t.co/vsKiYBNUqQ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Sources are reporting multiple positive tests for the Atlanta Falcons who are now shutting down their facility.
Falcons are shutting down their facility after multiple positive tests, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Accoridng to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, there has been a major change to the NFL-NFLPA protocols distributed to clubs Monday: Anyone with "high risk" close contact exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual must be isolated for at least 5 days, even if the person is negative and remains asymptomatic.
The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie DL Marlon Davidson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list
Falcons place rookie DL Marlon Davidson on reserve-COVID-19 list.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 13, 2020
The Chiefs have added FB Anthony Sherman to the Reserve/COVID-19 list after announcing no positive tests earlier in the morning.
Chiefs' FB Anthony Sherman added to Reserve/COVID 19 list, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2020
No new positive tests for the Titans which means the Tuesday night game between them and the the Bills is a full-go. Start 'em if you got 'em!
No new positive tests for the Chiefs or the Patriots. If the trend continues, the Patriots will re-open their practice facility Wednesday and will be able to play in Week 6.
The #Patriots and #Chiefs also had no new positives from Monday's COVID-19 testing, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 13, 2020
If all stays on track, New England planning to return to practice field Wednesday following its unexpected bye.
October 12 at 8:15am ET
The Patriots had no new positive tests in the latest round of testing from Sunday, per a source.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 12, 2020
The Tennessee Titans reported no new positives from Sunday's round of testing. More testing still to come.
The #Titans had no new positives from Sunday’s round of COVID-19 testing, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2020
More testing still to come, but Tennessee practiced yesterday and remains on track to play tomorrow night against the #Bills.
October 11 at 2:45pm ET
NFL Schedule Changes Just Released
Current Changes in the NFL Week 5 Schedule:
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans has been moved to Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm ET, pending no new positive tests.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots has been moved to NEXT Sunday, October 19 (Week 6); the Broncos/Dolphins game originally scheduled for Week 6 will now be moved to a later date.
Most Recent Changes to the NFL Week 5/6 Schedules:
For Week 6, Thursday's Chiefs/Bills game has been moved to Monday night, October 19
Breaking news: Chiefs-Bills will now be moved to next Monday Night @@NFLONFOX— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 11, 2020
The New Engalnd/Denver game has officially been moved to Week 6 -- Sunday, October 19 -- GET YOUR BRONCOS & PATRIOTS OUT OF YOUR WEEK 5 FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUPS
Denver/Miami, originally scheduled for Week 6 will now be moved to a later week.
Broncos-Patriots game is being moved to next Sunday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
Broncos were supposed to play Miami; that won’t happen. That game is being rescheduled.
The Tennessee Titans have now shut down their practice facility after a coach has tested positive for the coronavirus.
And now the Titans have shut down their facility again after a coach tested positive.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
The New England Patriots have one positive test this morning. As of now the game is still scheduled to play Monday, but it is now pending more tests. The Patriots practice facility has been closed.
Patriots’ one positive test this morning now makes it four positive tests over the past eight days. The game vs Denver already had been pushed from Sunday to Monday night, and it now is in question. https://t.co/9ev4woeO4B— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots, who will be playing Denver on Monday night at 5pm ET, have returned to their practice facility today, but neither QB Cam Newton nor DB Stephon Gillmore were present as both tested positive for the coronavirus.
No new positive tests for either Tennessee Titans or New England Patriots
An unnamed practice squad player for the Chicago Bears has tested positive for the coronavirus.
A strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas CIty Chiefs has tested positive for the coronavirus. Contact tracing is underway.
There are no new positives in Tennessee nor New England, but there are now two other positive tests: one for a practice squad player in Chicago, but Bears have been closed since Thursday night, and a strength and conditioning coach in Kansas City, per source. Tracing is ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2020
Arizona Cardinals plane schedule to fly to Ne Jersey at 6pm ET. The Cardinals/Jets game will play as scheduled Sunday.
Cardinals’ team plane is scheduled to fly to New Jersey at 6 ET, and the plan remains in place. Team is now departing for the East coast in 90 minutes.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
NFL Reports say Jets "perceived positive" test is confirmed as a "false positive."
New York Jets practice facilty is shut down due to a "perceived positive" test. Players and coaches have been sent home.
Jets’ training facility is shut down and the team is going virtual until they have the results of the test they are re-running on the player who tested positive this morning.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
No new positive tests for either Tennessee Titans or New England Patriots
No positives this morning for both the Titans and Patriots means that their games now are on track to be played.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
NFL announces that Week 6 Bills/Chiefs game has been moved from Thursday, Octobe 15 to Sunday, October 18 if the Week 5 Titans/Bills game plays on Tuesday.
Titans-Bills game scheduled for Sunday is being moved to Tuesday at 6 pm as long as there are no more positive tests with Tennessee, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2020
Bills-Chiefs game being switched from next Thursday to Sunday but goes back it more positive tests in Tennessee, per source.